Johnny Giavotella
Angels, Royals trade bit players
Johnny Giavotella, 2B, LAA
12/19/2014
News: The Angels and Royals have completed a minor swap in which the latter acquired right-hander Brian Broderick for veteran infielder Johnny Giavotella.

Giavotella, who was designated for assignment Thursday, has earned just 78 at-bats in the last two seasons combined. The 28-year-old Broderick pitched in 11 games for Washington in 2011, but has otherwise not hurled in a major league game.

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on damaged finger tendon
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
12/17/2014
News: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery for a damaged tendon in his finger Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the upcoming season, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, who was in and out of the lineup for Cleveland in 2014 with a hamstring injury, hit .240 last year with six home runs and 41 RBI. He has spent his four-year career in Cleveland, managing a .262 career average.

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Jed Lowrie
Jed Lowrie agrees to three-year, $23 million deal with Astros
Jed Lowrie, 2B, HOU
12/15/2014
News: The Astros announced Monday they signed infielder Jed Lowrie to a three-year contract. Lowrie is guaranteed to make $23 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Lowrie will make $8 million in 2015, $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017, according to Heyman. The team has a $6 million option for 2018, which includes a $1 million buyout.

The deal runs through 2017 and includes a team option for 2018. Lowrie is back for his second stint with Houston after batting .244 with a career-high 16 home runs, 18 doubles and 42 RBI in 97 games for the Astros in 2012.

Lowrie has a career .261/.330/.411/.741 slash line in seven MLB seasons. He has a .279/.370/.505/.875 slash line in 61 games at Minute Maid Park. He also has 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 31 RBI.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Lowrie will play at shortstop, per MLB.com.

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Taylor Featherston
Cubs trade Featherston to Angels after selection in Rule 5 draft
Taylor Featherston, 2B, LAA
12/11/2014
News: The Cubs selected Rockies pitcher Taylor Featherston in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. The Cubs then traded Featherston to the Angels.

The 25-year-old Featherston hit .260 with 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 57 RBI in 127 games for Double-A Tulsa in 2014. He has a .276/.346/.457/.802 slash line in 397 career games.

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Delino DeShields
Rangers nab former first-round DeShields in Rule 5 draft
Delino DeShields, 2B, TEX
12/11/2014
News: The Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros in Thursday's Rule 5 draft. 

The 22-year-old DeShields, who was selected eighth overall in the 2010 MLB draft, hit .236 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 57 RBI, 75 runs and 54 stolen bases in 114 games at Double-A in 2014. He had 101 stolen bases during the 2012 season.

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Jurickson Profar
Daniels: Rangers won't trade Profar, not likely to make opening day roster
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
12/11/2014
News: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said at the Winter Meetings on Thursday he has no plans to trade infielder Jurickson Profar, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, Daniels indicated Profar -- who missed the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury -- is not likely to make the opening day roster.

"Probably not. We're not keeping him as our utility guy," Daniels said.

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Josh Rutledge
Angels acquire Josh Rutledge from Rockies
Josh Rutledge, 2B, LAA
12/11/2014
News: The Angels acquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies in exchange for pitcher Jairo Diaz, the Rockies announced Wednesday.

Rutledge has spent three seasons in the majors and hit .269/.323/.405 with four home runs and 33 RBI in 309 at-bats in 2014. While he proved much more dangerous against lefthanders last season, posting a .309/.371/.469 line in 81 at-bats against southpaws, he's delivered virtually identical splits against lefties and righties in his career. Where he's struggled is away from Coors Field, hitting just .230/.274/.354 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 418 road at-bats in his career. Rutledge will likely compete for the starting second-base role vacated by the Howie Kendrick deal.

Diaz started 2014 in high Class A and ended the season in the majors, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight over five appearances. He posted a 3.48 ERA and 85:20 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Arkansas.

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Rougned Odor
Report: Rangers like Nationals SPs, but won't deal Rougned Odor
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX
12/9/2014
News: The Rangers have expressed interest in the Nationals starting pitchers, a source told The Washington Post. However, the Nationals asked for infielder Rougned Odor to be included in a deal, but the Rangers said they will not trade him.
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Hernan Perez
Tigers' Hernan Perez could move to outfield in 2015
Hernan Perez, 2B, DET
12/9/2014
News: Tigers second baseman Hernan Perez may be on the move to the outfield this season. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Perez was asked to take some fly balls and see how it goes. 

"It increases his flexibility and versatility. And depending on how the club fits, we may want him to play outfield," Dombrowski said. 

Perez, who has played for the Tigers since 2012, has a career average of .205 with five RBI. 

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Omar Infante
Report: Royals open to trading second baseman Omar Infante
Omar Infante, 2B, KC
12/9/2014
News: The Royals are putting second baseman Omar Infante on the trading block, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Infante hit .252 with six home runs, 21 doubles and 66 RBI in 135 games for Kansas City last season.

Infante has three years left on a four-year, $30.25 million contract. He also has a $10 million team option ($2 million buyout) for 2018.

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